Aristotle and the Dalai Lama

It takes no philosopher to figure out that one-pot meals are easy for cooking and cleanup. One year ago we enjoyed a chicken and coconut-rice one-pot meal. We love cooking with coconut and bringing both Thai and Caribbean influences into the meal. Dessert was a yummy hot fudge pudding cake. I share with you a quote by Aristotle.


One of our favorite meals to prepare in the slow-cooker are short ribs. Once cooked we shredded the meat and served it with mashed potatoes and roasted Brussels sprouts.


I share with you a very powerful quote by the Dalai Lama, “Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects”.


Happy Oscar’s Day

Tonight we are celebrating Oscar’s night with a new recipe my husband is trying. He is making a Cuban chicken marinaded in a mojo, a mix of citrus juices, cumin, hot pepper, and garlic. We will accompany this chicken with black beans and quinoa. As an added treat we are making fried chili spiced bananas and spicy mangos. I’m rooting for “Hidden Figures” for best picture.

I share with you an inspiring quote by Eleanor Roosevelt.


Three years ago we enjoyed a comfort meal of spaghetti with turkey meatballs.



Vinagre de Jerez


In 2015 we tried a new soup from America’s Test Kitchen cookbook, a delicious Spanish lentil & chorizo soup. The recipe called for sherry vinegar.  Sherry Vinegar, or vinagre de Jerez, comes from Spain. It can be a little difficult to find it in stores but it is a vinegar that deserves to be in your pantry. There are three categories of sherry vinegar:

  • Vinagre de Jerez: aged at least 6 months in wood
  • Vinagre de Jerez Reserva: aged at least 2 years in wood
  • Vinagre de Jerez Gran Reserva: aged at least 10 years in wood.

I was able to find the Vinagre de Jerez Reserva. It is outstanding with a mellow nutty somewhat musty and not very sweet taste. It added an amazing depth of flavor to the lentil and chorizo soup.


Three years ago today we enjoyed a yummy Thai Red Curry with Chicken. We served it with rice and a mix of red pepper, chick peas, & sweet potatoes.


Chicken Marsala & Mac n Cheese

In 2015 we enjoyed an Italian night. We had Chicken Marsala which is are chicken cutlets in a Marsala wine and mushroom sauce accompanied with spaghetti in an olive oil and garlic sauce and green beans with almonds. Dessert was a yummy chocolate sheet cake with chocolate frosting. I love Arthur C. Clarke’s quote.


In 2014 we enjoyed homemade mac n cheese. Most recipes call for baking the macaroni and cheese casserole in the oven. We prefer to skip this step and serve it directly from the stove top. It’s much creamier this way.


In 2016 we enjoyed a homemade Beef Lo Mein. I share with you a quote by Mary Engelbreit.



Hints of Spring

Tonight I am getting a little help with dinner from my friend Trader Joe. I am making their Porcini Mushroom and Truffle Triangoli, ravioli in the form of a triangle. I plan to make a light rosemary cream sauce for the triangoli. The temperature outside is an unseasonably warm 74 degrees fahrenheit. I just love this mild weather. However, I’m a little worried that Mother Nature will make us pay for this wonderful weather. March is still ahead of us with its temperamental weather and of course we have Punxsutawney Phil’s very scientific prediction of a longer winter. There are two fast approaching dates that reinvigorate me. Daylight savings is on Sunday March 12th only 17 days away and the start of Spring is on March 20th only 24 days away. Today I share a very inspirational quote by Eleanor Roosevelt.


Three years ago we were enjoying my husband’s delicious Bourbon Glazed Salmon with his homemade potato gnocchi and his coffee ice cream. I share with you another inspirational quote by Anne Bradstreet.


½ Colombian & ½ Italian

The beauty of being a multicultural family is that you can expose your children to different cultures. I am Colombian born and my husband was born in New Jersey and is ½ Italian and ½ Scottish/Hungarian/German. I do love everything international and so I strive to cook meals from around the world. Three years ago on this day we ate a Colombian meal of stewed shredded beef served with potatoes, rice, and chimichurri sauce. It is not unusual in Colombia to serve both potatoes and rice with a meal. After numerous snowstorms we were so ready for spring that we started a countdown to the first day of Spring. Copernicus, the father of modern astronomy, was also born on this day.


Tonight we are enjoying an Italian meal of Spaghetti alla Nerano. We tried this dish for the first time on our visit to the Amalfi coast of Italy last summer. It is a delicious vegetarian pasta dish with zucchini and provolone cheese. Here is the link to my recipe.


Today we enjoyed unseasonably warm temperatures, 69 degrees, so we have not started the countdown to spring yet.

Chicken Shawarma

Today we enjoy a Middle Eastern meal of chicken shawarma on pita with toppings of fried green peppers and onions, chopped romaine lettuce and cherry tomatoes, and Tahini sauce. Although the chicken is not made in the traditional rotisserie style, I have seasoned finely chopped chicken with traditional seasonings of cumin, cardamom, paprika, chili powder, coriander, and garlic. The Tahini sauce is made with Tahini (paste of ground sesame seeds), Greek yogurt, lemon juice, and garlic.


I share a quote by William W. Purkey.